wedding clash in BaghlanA deadly gun battle in a wedding in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan was likely triggered due to verbal clash over Bacha Baazi, local officials said.

The provincial governor Sultan Mohammad Ebadi said preliminary reports indicate that irresponsible armed individuals started an argument over a young boy which led to gun battle between the two groups.

Ebadi further added that the young boy was also killed during the gun battle between the two sides along with 20 others.

The provincial police chief Abdul Jabar Pardeli confirmed that irresponsible armed individuals were involved in the deadly clash.

In the meantime, Ebadi said an investigation has been launched regarding the deadly incident further details will be released once the investigations have been completed.

Ebadi had earlier confirmed that two young boys aged below 18 years were among those killed during the clash.

This comes as the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan (AIHRC) released its report on ‘Bacha Bazi’ – sexual abuse of teenage boys in Afghanistan last year.

AIHRC officials said their findings shows that influential figures as well as wealthy people in Afghanistan are hiring teenage boys aged between 10 to 18 years old for their sexual satisfaction.

The report was prepared after interviewing the victims, abusers of teenage boys, tribal elders, government officials, members of civil society, university lecturers and eyewitnesses from 14 different provinces of Afghanistan, the officials added.

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